Veracity has been no hindrance to political exchanges this season. But as first reported by ubiquitous Nevada journalist Jon Ralston, Clayton’s July 16 letter states that Ferguson was quoted last month in a widely-published news release of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee as saying:

“House Republicans are fighting tirelessly to protect billionaires like Sheldon Adelson who make fortunes overseas and Adelson is now the largest single donor to the Republican Majority. It’s past time for House Republicans to reject the support of these groups funded by money from a Chinese prostitution strategy.” …

Adelson’s attorney adds: “As you and the DCCC surely knew when you spoke, the charges you made are outrageous and completely untrue. Neither the Associated Press nor anyone else has reported that Mr. Adelson or Las Vegas Sands Corp generates profits from a ‘Chinese prostitution strategy.’ That claim was made up in the hope of generating an illegitimate political advantage for the DCCC.”